There’s lots to do for kids at Kempenfest. From the exciting Traveling Theme Park to the children’s village near Tiffin Launch, to arts and crafts demonstrations for kids, there’s no reason to leave the youngsters at home. And if that’s not enough, check out the accessible playground at Centennial Beach and take the kids for a dip in Barrie’s popular waterfront beach. Summer is for kids, and so is Kempenfest.
YMCA Children’s Village Featuring the Barilla Pasta Family Stage
We are excited to announce this year we are featuring a new entertainment venue in the YMCA Children’s Village – sponsored by Barilla Pasta and our friends at Corus Radio. Here’s a look at some of the entertainment we are offering.
Cindy Cook is a children’s performer. She is familiar to Canadian families as the longest running female host (20 years) of Canada’s most popular TV Show “Polka Dot Door” as well as the award winning series “Time to Read”. Cindy performs her 6 live children’s shows across Canada, the US, and Asia with great reviews. She is frequently joined on stage by some of her puppets including Book Worm, Spelling Bee, Owlie the Baby Owl, Baby Bear, Apoot the Baby Polar Bear and Easter Bunny. She has performed across North America and Asia to enthusiastic response. Cindy also has three popular recordings to her credit: Sing and Spell with Cindy Cook, Polkaroo & Friends and the internationally acclaimed series for Addison-Wesley, Amazing English. Cindy will perform Saturday and Sunday at Noon.
Born in Canada, and raised throughout Muskoka and the Greater Toronto Area, there comes a live educational children’s hip-hop artist Please and Thanks. From childhood to the man he is now, Mr. Please and Thanks has always been a stand out character. Over the countless relocations in his childhood, music has always been a constant. The notes of a piano and licks from a guitar have been his therapy. Surroundings as a child significantly affected this musician. His years spent in Muskoka crafted this artist into a warm and caring parent. The years spent through out the Greater Toronto Area have moulded this caring spirit into the go-getting musician that stands today. As a proud father of two, Please and Thanks is continually pushing forward with his dream. His music speaks on various issues that young children are faced with in a playful manner. “Fun for the whole family is what really counts” Please and Thanks states while working a late night in the recording studio. “I want children to learn good things, (and) also enjoy how they are learning.” Please and Thanks provides playful, rhythmic beats being complimented by fun and educational lyrics. It is music that children can enjoy, while parents enjoy them listening. Please and Thanks music gives children the opportunity to learn from a man who has learned from his mistakes. Please and Thanks performs Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
Lots of Other Activities in YMCA Kids Village
Get your hands busy doing some crafts, learn to juggle, paint your face or fly your very own kite. Kids of all ages can try something new or just have some fun at one of our more than 20 activities. YMCA staff have scheduled an exciting array of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. In addition to a rock climbing wall there will be jumping castles and pony rides and BBQ lunch. Create some wonderful crafts or challenge Mom and Dad to one of the games – you may win a great prize.
Experience joyful interaction and spontaneous entertainment from our jugglers, clowns and wandering minstrels. The YMCA Children’s Village is active and affordable; some activities have a small cost associated with them. All proceeds will go to the Barrie YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign which helps provide financial assistance to families and children.
Dairy Farmers of Canada
The Dairy Farmers of Canada are big supporters of Kempenfest every year – and more so this year as they bring Mooonica the cow as part of their Farm to Table program. The Dairy Farmers of Canada From Farm to Table Experience located in the Tiffin Launch area, strives to educate families about life on a farm, the dairy process and how their milk gets From Farm to Table. Families are able to interact with Mooonica, a life-size mechanical cow, making the learning process fun.
Take a Magic Dragon Ride
Your next stop should be the Robertson Traveling Theme Park Midway – sure to thrill your kids for many hours. The hot attraction again this year is Drop Zone. Go ahead, join them for a tummy turning trip. Fun? Wow!
Kempenfest chooses to partner with Robertson Amusements because of their impeccable safety record, the clean and attractive rides, and their friendly and helpful staff. Have some fun at the midway.
And even if you take away everything Kempenfest has to offer your kids you’re still left with one the favourite parks there is in Barrie. Between the accessible playground, sandy white beach and the mini putt, Centennial Park is one of Barrie’s most popular parks. So if all else fails, make sure you pack a swimsuit and go jump in the lake with your kids. You’ll both love it.
When all else fails. . . there’s Centennial Beach!